Benelli’s new civilian legal M4

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If that title boggled your mind and you asked yourself, “didn’t they already sell the M4 to civilians?!” You would be correct. However the previous M4 model was considered an imported shotgun, and was therefore subject to 922r compliance. This meant that the gun was imported with a 5 round magazine, and a non-collapsable stock. To stay compliant you could either keep the stock with a magazine extension, or use the collapsing stock with the standard magazine tube. Stocks were also limited to LE purchases only.

Benelli has introduced a new model parts. But since it is rebuilt in the US it is considered an American made shotgun. It now includes a full length tube and sliding stock as standard items, and utilizes the Robar NP3 finish (similar to the Remington Maritime Models) for rust resistance. The finish is a mid-tone gray, and less silver than the photos indicate. Price will be 2300.00 for the complete gun.



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  • John H

    I hope street price is less that that, because that is all sorts of sexy.

  • AlexG

    Would you mind awfully if I ask to specify a currency along with the price? I guess it is Uncle Sam Dollar, but still a little bit confirmation wont hurt. Thank you.

  • Brian P.

    Are you kidding me? $2300? Nope, sorry, not happening. That is BEYOND overpriced.

    • Other Steve

      FN’s 12ga is pricey. And now so are the Siagas (for what they are, rough. And yes, I own one).

      You’re kind of damned if you want a quality semi auto with large mag capacity, erm tactical. Be prepared to put $600+ into what was a $400 Siaga (now $800+). Buy an M4 or FN and be done, but you’ll pay.

      I have a converted S12, and while I like it, and there is nothing faster than magazine changes with a magwell, it’s no Benelli.

  • Burst

    While the photos are nice, it would nice to see a view of the complete gun.

    While more US jobs are a good thing, all the cool stuff we could have without 922r makes a strong counterargument.

    • isaac.marchionna

      Click on the first image, you’ll see the whole gun.

  • Nandor

    I bought a regular non-US Benelli M4, swapped out all the necessary parts, replaced the tube with a titanium ultra-light one and still came in way, WAY less than $2300.

    • cc19

      Me too. +1

  • JT

    So everybody who went crazy over Resident Evil 4 can buy this, an HK SL8, and a Br├╝gger & Thomet TP9 and be ready for the zombies. Better off with Mossberg 500, an AR upper/lower combination, and a glock of some variety IMO. I guess if you’ve got the money to blow there are worse things you could spend it on.

    • Other Steve

      Uh, I resent that. I have a TP9 sbr and hate the zombie craze.

      More to your point though, there are things a Benelli M4 will do that neither an AR or a Moss 500 can. Those aren’t replacements, they are completely different weapons with different purposes.

      • matteo

        What exactly can a shotgun (m4) do over a shotgun (M500)…? Lets better compare it to the 590 since we are talking military grade here.

      • Other Steve

        What can a semi auto do different than a pump…. That’s a tough one. Hmmm, yea, you really got me there I guess?

      • matteo

        Not to start a debate but the point I was thinking on is if i get on point and shoot with my pump before you shoot with your auto, all that money spent on fancy gear was just wasted… i really don’t care about how great it is for the military or the scenarios in which they’ll use it, for civilian use its incredibly impractical, now if you want it just to have it, thats something completely different I wont knock so have at it, its your money. And also thanks for acting like an adult and answering my original question (was actually serious and not trying to be a smart a**). So ill rephrase, what advantage for a civilian would that have say over any auto loading shotgun on the market today. Im sure my grandfathers Auto 5 would service that role just as well as the benelli m4. Just saying.

  • hijakk

    Considering MSRP on the plain jane black/camo M4 is $2070, and street price is ~$1500-$1600, I’d guess street price for this one would be in the $1700-$1800 range. That’s not bad at all for what you’re getting, since the stock alone is like $400, and probably another $300 for the 922(r) compliance parts with a full size mag.

    Even if street price is $1900-$2000 it’s still a deal.

    • Other Steve

      Compared to the FN and converting a Saiga, no that’s not a bad deal at all.

  • KC

    if it’s MSRP that’d sound about right, but if it’s not MSRP it sounds more expensive than it ‘needs’ to be.

    my guess is the increased price from the ~$1500 import version is to cope with the additional cost of starting manufacturing inside the US. Also realize that the collapsible stock alone sells for about $400 (probably cause of the rarity of finding one without an LE shotgun), combine that, the full length mag tube, and the new finish and you can see the costs add up.

    I thought it was expensive too, then I counted up what I put in my AR15s and thinking about the complexity of semi auto shotguns the price can be justified.

    I just hope they sell enough of them, companies that make decisions like this should be rewarded.

  • Andrew Racek

    I was very happy until I read $2300.

    Now I am torn between this beauty or Food.

    • mosinman

      with a hunting licence and a magazine plug this you could get some food ;) lol

  • SpudGun

    I got all excited until I saw the price. Considering they’re churning these out by the truck load for military contracts, you’d think they’d be slightly cheaper.

    An FN SLP retails anywhere between $1100-1300 and I really can’t see what the Benelli offers over it – except maybe for the military connection.

    • SleepyDave

      Its probably unbelievable expensive on the civilian market, because the military gets them by the truckload for cheap. A lot of folks are going to buy these because they’re “what the military uses”.

  • Kevin

    Umm, for less than $2300 you get a fully rebuilt Saiga 12 from Tromix or any of the other good vendors that is customized to your specs.

    Does the M4 stock still have only two positions like it did 8 years ago when I took a shotgun class with a bunch of marines? Then they had the choice of too long to effectively use with body armor or fully collapsed which had it’s own issues.

  • Sailor Jay

    If there is one shotgun I am going to keep on my boat, this is it. Semi auto, high mag capacity, and coated in NP3 to prevent rust in the salt spray.

    This may not be the gun for everybody. But I sure as heck will trade off my Marine Magnum for it.

  • Reverend Clint

    its about $1k too much.

  • CEOofEVIL

    @ other steve

    Saiga-12’s can be found from a number of online dealers for $499-ish now, not $800 plus. You can convert a S12 for under $800 easy. There are still a number of local dealers that are charging the $800 plus price for bone stock S12’s, but thats really over priced. A nice pro-conversion will get you into the four digit price range for them, but the quality is no longer that of a roughly finished shotgun at that point.

    Anyway, that M4 sure is sexy, but thats one big price tag.

    • Other Steve

      You’re right, I saw the price has come down to SLIGHTLY reasonable levels. Being a Saiga12 owner however, I’d probably not pay anything more that $450 considering all the work I had adding in two more and drilling out the gas ports so it would reliably cycle all ammo.

      Something tells me you don’t need to do that on this gun. :)

  • Nater

    Saiga shotguns are VERY rough. They also generally need some gas system work to run reliably. They’re not finely crafted, by any definition. That said, this is still too much. You’d be better off from a functional standpoint by buying a regular M4, a Mesa Tactical short stock, and one of those aftermarket magazine extensions that is floating around.

  • jdun1911

    There are a lot decent auto shotguns that can be bought for $800 or less. Even if the street price is half that is not worth the money.

  • NPS

    Are all the parts still manufactured in Italy or have they begun making some of them here?

  • Neil

    What makes this new benelli 922r compliant? even though its built here in the states doesnt mean they used USA manufactured parts. unless thats why the price tag is so high. A rebuilt M4 with all those features on the H2O would come up to about that. Still would like a deffinate answer on what makes is 922r.

  • Neil

    What makes this new benelli 922r compliant? even though its built here in the states doesnt mean they used USA manufactured parts. unless thats why the price tag is so high. A rebuilt M4 with all those features on the H2O would come up to about that. Still would like a deffinate answer on what makes is 922r.

  • FindYourInnerWoodsman

    “So ill rephrase, what advantage for a civilian would that have say over any auto loading shotgun on the market today. Im sure my grandfathers Auto 5 would service that role just as well as the benelli m4. Just saying.”

    Not a bad question, other than improved recoil/ ergonomics …I cant think of anything else, for defense purposes the Auto 5 will do just fine plus you can find plenty of those for sale in all configurations. I know you can add a Remington mag extension to it since the threads match (though it wont fit flush when you screw it on since the auto 5 has more threads then a Remington) and they do make aftermarket mag ext for the auto 5. You can find those here ( http://shop.nordiccomp.com/NC-Shotgun-Extension-Complete-Assemblies-for-12ga-12GA-EXT.htm )

  • David

    The price may be cost prohibitive for most but the reliablity of the ARGO piston system is the magic of the semi-auto function. I have fierd everything from mag loads to light trap shot and haven’t had a misfed yet. The recoil tube is also a very nice feature that the auto 5 doesn’t share, and for a service weapon it is always nice to have the features that minimize fatigue. What makes it 922r compliant is that the weapon is now assembled in the US. Not a fan of the Saiga, the stamped receiver is rather “flexible” and doesnt feel very solid, however the box magazine is a nice feature of the Saiga, maybe is the Saiga were cast forged it would have a better feel. My service M4 and personal M4 worked beautifully right out of the box, which helps to ensure plesant dreams as it watches over me at night. The old adage is true, “you get what you pay for”.

  • Ben Enjerry

    “Built here in the States” or assembled here? There’s a big difference. If the barrel has an Italian proof mark, it’s not “made” here.